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SEC Investigates Possible Brokerage Activities Linked to Token Listings

Following the recent filing of the SEC’s insider trading complaint against a former manager of Coinbase Global, Inc. (“Coinbase”), the SEC is now investigating Coinbase.

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Manatt Represents Sayari Labs in Its $40M Series C Equity Capital Raise

Scott Schwartz and Christopher Dayans represented Sayari Labs, Inc., a global leader in financial intelligence and supply chain risk solutions, in its $40 million Series C equity capital raise led by Centana Growth Partners, a specialized growth equity firm.

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Fintech Year in Review—2020

As we prepare to put 2020 in the rearview mirror, many of us will not have fond memories of the year.

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Did You Really Need That PPP Loan? The SBA Wants to Know

Without much fanfare, the Small Business Administration (SBA) has started investigating borrowers of larger Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to obtain information about their business activities.

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Delaware Franchise Tax

A franchise tax is an annual tax a business entity is required to pay in a given jurisdiction as a result of being formed or organized, or for doing business, in that jurisdiction.

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SEC Makes Key Changes to Accredited Investor Definition

In its Final Rule issued on August 26, 2020, a divided Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) expanded the group of individuals and entities permitted to invest in private securities by amending the definitions of “accredited investor” and “qualified institutional buyer.”

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Selecting the Appropriate Structure for Your Startup

Founders must contend with many important decisions early in the life of a startup, including selecting the appropriate corporate structure.

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Schrems II Decision: Immediate Considerations for U.S. Businesses

On July 16, 2020, in the much-anticipated so-called Schrems II case, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) struck down the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework (Privacy Shield) as an adequate method of transferring personal data from the European Union (EU) to the United States

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Volcker Rule Changes Provide Stimulus Effect With Banks and Investment Funds

On June 25, 2020, federal banking and securities regulators issued new regulations that will ease burdens on banks that involve themselves with certain types of investment funds.

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An Updated Practical Guide for Small Businesses to Obtain a Paycheck Protection Loan Under CARES Act

On April 2, 2020 and April 4, 2020, the Small Business Administration (SBA) issued unusual interim final rules (the Rules) providing further detail regarding Paycheck Protection Program loans under the CARES Act. The Rules will take effect immediately upon publication in the Federal Register.

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